n Journal of Educational Studies - Family and peer influence on alcohol abuse among rural secondary school learners, Limpopo province, South Africa

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



The purpose of this study was to investigate family and peer influence on alcohol abuse among secondary school learners in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The study followed a quantitative research methodology, where a descriptive survey research design was adopted. A random sampling strategy was used to draw a sample of 112 learners (60 boys) and (52 girls) aged 15 to 17 years old who were in grades 10 to 12. For this cross-sectional study carried out in 2006, the participants completed a questionnaire on alcohol abuse. The study showed that both parents and peers' drinking patterns were related to learners' abuse of alcohol. These findings suggest a possibility that this behaviour may progress into adulthood, and may pose a serious threat to pupils' lifestyle as well as their socio-economic status later in life. It is therefore recommended that educational programmes in schools regarding the consequences of alcohol abuse be instituted by qualified personnel. Furthermore, a longitudinal study is needed which should cover a wide spectrum of the population pertaining issues of alcohol use. This may help establish measures needed to control and prevent health risks associated with alcohol abuse in learners over a longer time.

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